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Your Child Can Be a Sound Scientist
Inspire your child when science comes to life in The Maritime Aquarium’s summer programs, which are firmly grounded in National Education Standards for life-science learning. A summer’s day or week at the Aquarium will help prepare your children to achieve in school next fall. We’ll take them beyond the books on an exciting, hands-on adventure with fun activities in our marine-science classrooms and our bigger-than-life educational IMAX® movies. We’ll show them the fun side of scientific inquiry. Imagine your children doing experiments, holding a real whale bone, safely handling live crabs and much more! Specific activities, including beach days and field trips, depend upon the particular theme of the session.
To participate, your child must be the listed age by the start of the program. Specific activities and visits to certain Aquarium exhibits depend upon the particular theme of each session. Sign up for a few sessions or attend all summer! Each day runs from 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Precare from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Extended care is until 5:30 p.m. A relaxed, informal care service includes enrichment science activities, games, crafts, educational movies and visits to Aquarium exhibits.
Mon., June 30 – Jr. Aquarist for a Day
Dive into marine biology with hands-on activities focused on the amazing biodiversity and adaptations of marinelife in Long Island Sound. Work with microscopes to view plankton, touch live intertidal animals, design a goldfish experiment, and dissect a squid in this action-packed day!
Tues., July 1 – Go Geo!
This fun session will navigate through the history of navigation and some of the many tools that have been used to help us find our way in the world. Campers will learn what geocaching is, hear geocaching adventures from a special guest and go on a special Maritime Aquarium geocaching hunt for treasure! They also will attend a special IMAX movie.
Wed., July 2 – Bird’s the Word
Campers will visit our special summertime “Lorikeets” exhibit, and go outside with binoculars to observe and identify waterfowl on the river. Other activities include playing a bird-beak adaptation game, making birdhouses to use at home and using microscopes to look at the cool design of feathers.
Thurs., July 3 – Adaptation Nation
Learn about various adaptations of some of our favorite animals, including marine critters and birds. Test out some of these adaptations to see if they work for you too. Play a penguin-egg relay race and otter scent game.
June 23-27 – Movin’ On (Ages 6-10)
Campers will get in touch with their inner engineer in workshops led by Playwell educators where they’ll design and build LEGO* creations. And they’ll learn about skeletons, muscles and the special adaptations our aquarium animals have that help them to move through their habitats. *This class is not affiliated with the LEGO group.
July 7-11 – Sharks & Fish! (Ages 6-8)
What makes a fish a fish? Is a shark a fish? Kids will learn about the differences between many fish living in the Sound, assemble a life-sized shark puzzle, feel real shark jaws, make a fish print and even get a sneak peek behind-the-scenes to see where we care for our friends with fins.
July 7-11 – Jr. Marine Biologist 1 (Ages 9-12)
Campers enter the inner workings of The Maritime Aquarium. Their goal for the week: set up, stock & maintain a group aquarium with live animals. Your child learns about water chemistry and uses scientific probes to monitor water quality. They’ll grow brine shrimp to feed their animals, dissect squid and fish, and use microscopes to view the unseen world of Long Island Sound. Open house for parents Friday afternoon.
July 14-18 – Incredible Inverts (Ages 6-8)
Focus on different groups of invertebrate animals each day. See and touch live intertidal inverts like crabs, and snails. Learn how inverts are similar and different from us. Do a crab walk race.
July 14-18 – Jr. Marine Biologist 2 (Ages 9-12; max. capacity of 20)
Campers learn fundamentals of scientific research by conducting experiments focused on aquatic animals and their behaviors and adaptations for survival. In groups, campers design and carry out a weeklong research project, and also participate in a multiday advanced dissection. Open house for parents Friday afternoon. Special 9 a.m. start time on Wednesday for cruise on Aquarium’s new research vessel. Campers must participate in Jr. Marine Biologist 1 before taking this program.
July 21-25 – Feature Creature (Ages 6-8)
Campers will spend a week hunting in The Maritime Aquarium – scavenger hunting, that is. Kids will spend their days exploring the Aquarium, completing daily challenges to find fish, amphibians, reptiles and crabs. They’ll also do hands-on activities to learn why scientists group animals together based on common characteristics. At the end of the week, they’ll demonstrate their new knowledge in our Feature Creature Quiz Show!
July 21-25 – Waterbotics (Ages 12-15; max. capacity of 20)
Technology lets us collect longterm data from the oceans and to explore in the crushing depths of the deep sea. Campers will work in teams to build a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and then test their ROVs in an underwater obstacle course. Includes lessons in electricity and circuits.
July 28-Aug. 1 – Wacky Science (Ages 6-8)
Campers will be ooohing and aaahing at the wacky activities we’ll be doing in our Laboratory of Fun. Focusing on a different science concept each day, we’ll make pop rockets, mix together ingredients that have a volcanic reaction, magically squeeze an egg through a tiny hole, build miniature lava lamps and more.
See July 7-11 for program description.
Aug. 4-8 – Mammal Mania (Ages 6-9)
In this popular session, campers will study the behaviors of our seals and otters, assemble a life-sized animal puzzle, handle a real whale skeleton and get special access to our huge collection of marine-mammal artifacts. They’ll learn about the special adaptations of marine mammals by conducting feeding and blubber simulations, plus attend a special seal feeding.
Aug. 4-8 – Jr. Marine Biologist 2 (Ages 9-12; max. capacity of 20)
See July 14-18 for program description.
Aug. 11-15 – Ocean Worlds (Ages 6-8)
Reach beyond Long Island Sound to discover ocean habitats from all over the world. Icy polar seas, tropical coral reefs and deep oceans are among the habitats we’ll explore. Learn what plants & animals live in these habitats and how they are uniquely adapted for survival. Early drop-off required for Thursday trip.
Aug. 11-15 – Jr. Marine Biologist 3 (Ages 11-14; max. capacity is 20)
Discover the excitement and the possibilities of field research. We’ll take field trips to coastline, river and woodland areas, collecting biology samples during each. We’ll also talk about career opportunities in the field sciences. Early dropoffs required Tues., Wed. & Thurs. for field trips. This session involves time outside, so campers should dress for the weather. Campers must participate in Jr. Marine Biologist 1 & 2 before taking this program.
Aug. 18-22 – Sound Art & Science (Ages 6-10)
This camp is a unique and engaging combination of science education and art! Campers will design a hand-built clay model of their favorite Aquarium animal, make seaweed impressions and create fish prints. They’ll also learn how to produce their own marine cartoon and use watercolors to paint a riverscape. Open house for parents Friday afternoon.
Pre-registration is required. No walk-up sales.
Full payment is due upon registration. Cancellation / Refund Policy: Refunds will be issued (less a $50 processing fee) only if notice of cancellation is received more than 4 weeks in advance of session. There will be a $25 processing fee to switch sessions. You’ll receive a confirmation packet that includes a parent information field trip forms, and REQUIRED medical forms.
As a Connecticut State-certified camp, we require health exam forms for every camper. Campers bringing medications (inhalers, epi-pens,etc) require an authorization of medication form for each medication.
If you qualify for the School Lunch Program, you qualify for subsidy for a summer session. Financial Aid is available for one session per child.
Application forms are available: Click here: Individual Financial Form
• by calling 203-852-0700, ext. 1201
• mail to: Summer Camp Director: The Maritime Aquarium, 10 N. Water St., Norwalk, CT 06854.
About Our Partner Play-Well TEKnologies (Teaching Engineering to Kids) offers fun, interactive learning for children K-5 in after-school enrichment programs, camps and parties. www.play-well.org / 203-517-5274.